Inquiry Based Science Education og den sociokulturelt forankrede dialog i naturfagsundervisningen. "Inquiry Based Science Education and the socio-cultural anchored dialogue in science teaching"

  • Lars Domino Østergaard Aalborg Universitet


Through study, investigation and discussion of the concept Best Practice in science education (Ellebæk & Østergaard, 2009) it was shown, that the dialogue in the teaching sequences was an important factor for the children’s understanding, engagement and interest for the science subjects and phenomena. In this article we will discuss dialogue in the light of sociocultural learning theories, and relate it to Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE), as the pedagogical and didactical method, which are promoted most strongly these years (e.g. in the inter-European Pollen and Fibonacci projects). The method is central in the action research project NatSats, where focus is on children’s hypothesizing and the way teacher’s use dialogue in their teaching or guiding of children in kindergarten and primary school. Results from the project indicate that an open and interrogative dialogue based on the student’s premises is able to support hypothesizing, which initiates explorative and investigative challenges for the students.